8 Places to Get a Big, Hearty American Breakfast

September 27, 2018

Sometimes a big, filling breakfast is the only thing that will hit the spot. In America, we do things big and that includes breakfast. It gets old having oatmeal or fruit everyday and sometimes you want a mess of Bs and Gs and some fluffy eggs. That’s how we roll here. Springfield has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to tasty breakfast spots that offer a nap-inducing menu for those weekend morning meals. Let’s take a look at them!

Roots Coffee Bar

1645 W. Republic Rd. Suite G

The newest kid on the block is Roots Coffee Bar on Republic Road and Kansas on Springfield’s West side. It’s a fresh, modern space with tons of great options for a big breakfast that’ll make you want to take a nap. But don’t worry, you can eat lighter there too. They have cool stuff like a cereals of the day, which can be any of your favorites from the grocery store like Cocoa Pebbles. If it’s a brunch, try the mini donuts as an appetizer. The cinnamon sugar donuts are amazing and they make the perfect amuse-bouche for your entree. If you’re looking for something hearty, we recommend the Gravy Boat. It’s a combination of Bs and Gs, tots, eggs any style and cheese. You will not leave disappointed.

Early Bird

1717 E Cherokee St

This is a unique breakfast joint in Springfield that’s a must-try! The large outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy a meal from here on a nice morning. Some favorite menu items include their breakfast cocktails, sweet potato nuggs, breakfast mac, and if you’re really hungry, the gravy train with biscuit wheels. Be sure to try the monkey bread as an appetizer!

Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe

220 E Walnut St

Obviously, right? Of course Gailey’s is gonna be on this list. It’s a staple of Downtown Springfield’s foodie scene and makes the perfect place to grab a big brunch or breakfast on the weekend, even if your weekend isn’t on Saturday and Sunday. The Downtowner is a classic breakfast dish with eggs, your choice of pork and potato, plus toast. If you’re looking for something outside the box, try a home fry skillet or one of the dishes named after people. They’re all good!

Cedar’s Family Restaurant

3322 S Campbell Ave


Cedar’s is a classic country restaurant in Springfield. It’s a throwback restaurant that lives by the mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  Cedar’s serves up comfort food breakfast dishes like country fried steak and eggs (pictured above), and hearty staples of breakfast food like hash browns, biscuits and gravy and big, fluffy omelets. Getting something other than a big hearty meal at Cedar’s is downright criminal!

Anton’s Coffee Shop

937 S Glenstone Ave


Another classic breakfast spot in Springfield, Anton’s has been around since 1974 and has had a passionate fanbase for a long time. This place is about as classic as you can get. We recommend an omelet with your favorite ingredients, hash browns and biscuits and gravy with a nice cup of coffee. It’s tough to be the authenticity of Anton’s old school diner experience. Just be sure you get there before 2:00, they close early!


331 Park Central E

Photo by Brandon Alms | Courtesy of 417 Magazine

Photo by Brandon Alms | Courtesy of 417 Magazine

Katie Pollock Estes recently wrote a great piece in 417 Magazine about how good the breakfast is at Druff’s. We highly recommend giving that a read. Everything about Druff’s is unique. Every week on Facebook, they share their weekly specials along with a 1990s-era KY3 video clip, giving you a smile along with a foodie itinerary for the week. Their dishes take common ideas and add a flair that makes them one of a kind. The breakfast menu is continues this trend with a combination of awesome sammies and bowls that are unlike anywhere else in town. If you haven’t been yet, do yourself a big favor and this one to the list.

The Order

305 E Walnut St

You don’t have to book a night at Hotel V to enjoy the Order’s stellar breakfast and brunch options (but you should). Just stop by from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekends and you can indulge. The Hunger Killers section of the menu is where it’s at if you’re going for the all-American breakfast. We recommend the SoMo Slinger. It’s two eggs any style, served on a biscuit with SoMo potatoes Circle B Ranch andouille sausage covered in sage-sausage-apple gravy. If you’re really letting loose, make JP Style by swapping the bsicuit with a Hurt’s donut with a Maple Bourbon Boozy dipper.


First Watch

2946 National Ave

Don’t get us wrong, you can get plenty of health-conscious dishes at First Watch. It’s one of the things that makes us like it so much. But you can absolutely get a traditional American breakfast too. They’ve got classic combos with bacon, eggs and hash browns, but they’ve also got this one omelet that is super-good. It’s called the Bacado Omelet and it’s exactly what it sort of sounds like. Bacon and avocado joined by Monterrey Jack cheese and served with pico on the side. Pretty sweet, right? Check this place out if you haven’t yet!




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